Sono locks out rising gas companies

Professional basketball’s Goyang Sono denied Daegu KOGAS, which has been on a steep rise of late, a fourth straight win.

The Sono won 77-76 at home against the KOGAS in the 2023-2024 Korean Basketball League at Sono Arena in Goyang on Monday. With the win, Sono improved to 13-22 and moved into a tie for eighth place with Anyang’s Jung Kwanjang. Meanwhile, seventh-place KOGAS (14-22) saw its four-game winning streak snapped, leaving it 4.5 games behind sixth-place Ulsan Hyundai Mobis 현금홀덤사이트 for the final playoff spot.

The game was a test of whether KOGAS, which had fallen to the bottom of the standings with its 10th straight loss this season, would continue its upward trend, going 7-1 in its first eight games of the new year.

Even Sono coach Kim Seung-ki was wary, saying, “KOGAS is now a strong team.”

As expected, KOGAS came out firing. Led by Andrew Nicholson (34 points) and Samjosef Belangel (20 points), they led 46-38 at halftime. The flow continued in the second half. Shin Seung-min (13 points) hit a three-pointer to extend the lead to 62-47 in the third quarter.

However, Sono reignited the chase late in the third quarter. Second-year player Baek Ji-woong (9 points) and rookie Park Jong-ha (7 points), who donned a Sono uniform this season in a trade with Seoul SK, were the main players. The two youngsters hit back-to-back three-pointers and center Chinanu Onuaku (22 points, 14 rebounds) dominated under the basket to cut the deficit to seven points.

In the decisive fourth quarter, a three-pointer by Baek Ji-woong and baskets by Park Jong-ha and Onuaku combined to make it 65-62, the first lead of the game.

With momentum on their side, SONO made it 73-67 with three-pointers from Kim Min-wook and Baek Jiwoong. In the closing minutes, the defense was unable to stop Belangel and Nicholson to tie the game at 73-73. But SONO took the lead with 15.9 seconds left in regulation when Lee Jung-hyun drove in for a 75-73 lead, drawing an offensive foul on Vellangel. The foul allowed Park Jong-ha to hit two free throws to seal the victory.

Changwon LG, playing without star foreign player Asem Marei, defeated top-tier rival Suwon KT 71-68 to move into a tie for third place with KT with a 22-13 record.

Hyundai Mobis welcomed last-place Seoul Samsung home for a 116-78 blowout. Hyundai Mobis extended its winning streak to three games, its six-game home winning streak and its seven-game winning streak against Samsung.

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